Zhang "xiao8" Ning is a Chinese professional Dota 2 player who is currently the coach of PSG.LGD.
In early 2011 Xiao8 joined Catastrophic Cruel Memories along with Zhou, Ferrari 430 and ddc. After some success Xiao8 and his teammates moved to Invictus Gaming in a $6 million deal. However the team failed to perform in The International 2011, and following a defeat to Tyloo at the World Cyber Games 2011 Xiao8 and ddc moved to LGD Gaming. In LGD Gaming Xiao8 played the offlane prior to and during The International 2012, but afterwards played the solo mid role, up until his departure from the team.
Xiao8 was then rumored to be part of a "Chinese Dream Team", and it was later confirmed that he was acquired, along with Hao, by Newbee for approximately $100,000 USD, joining KingJ, ZSMJ, and Mu. Xiao8 would start off in the support role, until ZSMJ and KingJ were replaced by Banana and Sansheng, delegating the offlane to Xiao8. This team would go on to win The International 2014, despite almost being eliminated in the group stages. On July 29th, Xiao8 announced his break from professional play on his Weibo.
- He chose the name Xiao8 because Xiao1-7 were not available.
- Xiao8 married Chinese model Jie Zhao after meeting her on a Chinese game show, after initially failing to woo any of the women on the show he re-appeared in a later episode and secured a date. The two officially announced their divorce after being separated for an extended period.
|2016-08-09||9 - 12th||Tier 1||The International 2016||0 : 2||$311,557|
|2016-06-11||4th||Tier 1||The Manila Major 2016||0 : 2||$255,000|
|2015-08-08||3rd||Tier 1||The International 2015||0 : 2||$2,211,554|
|2015-05-23||1st||Tier 1||i-League Season 3||3 : 0||$213,806|
|2015-02-08||4th||Tier 1||Dota 2 Asia Championships 2015||1 : 2||$214,026|
|2014-09-28||2nd||Tier 1||i-League Season 1||0 : 3||$62,331|
|2014-07-21||1st||Tier 1||The International 2014||3 : 1||$5,025,029|
|2014-01-08||1st||Tier 1||Dota 2 League Season 4||3 : 1||$25,000|
|2012-11-18||1st||Tier 1||G-1 Champions League Season 4||2 : 0||$28,867|
|2012-09-02||3rd||Tier 1||The International 2012||1 : 2||$150,000|
|Complete list of results in any tournament|
|2019-11-19||9 - 12th||Tier 1||MDL Chengdu Major||0 : 2||$25,000|
|2019-06-14||5 - 6th||Tier 2||StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2||1 : 2||$15,000|
|2019-03-16||13 - 16th||Tier 1||DreamLeague Season 11||0 : 1||$10,000|
|2019-03-09||5 - 8th||Tier 1||World Electronic Sports Games 2018||1 : 2||$10,000|
|2019-02-22||7 - 8th||Tier 2||MDL Macau 2019||0 : 1||$7,500|
|2019-01-26||5 - 6th||Tier 1||The Chongqing Major||0 : 2||$60,000|
|2019-01-13||1st||Tier 2||The Bucharest Minor||3 : 1||$125,000|
|2018-12-23||2nd||Tier 3||2018 Sanya DOTA2 New-Stars Play||1 : 2||$7,240|
|2018-10-03||1st||Tier 3||World Electronic Sports Games 2018 China Finals||2 : 0||$11,647|
|Complete list of coaching results in any tournament|
|2019-08-25||Tier 1||The International 2019||Analyst|
|2018-08-25||Tier 1||The International 2018||Analyst|
|2018-03-18||Tier 1||World Electronic Sports Games 2017||Panelist/Caster|
|2017-04-04||Tier 1||Dota 2 Asia Championships 2017||Commentator|
|2016-03-06||Tier 1||The Shanghai Major 2016||Caster|
|About achievementsBroadcasts from any Tournament|
- 2018-06-20 | xiao8: “I think a coach is just a helper. The most significant factor of playing well is how the players perform. “ by Karan "KarY" Rathod of esportsheaven.com (trans. )
- 2016-08-12 | Interview with Zhang xiao8 Ning (ENG Subs) by Stepan Morf-designer of RuHub Media (trans. )
- 2015-08-04 | TI5 LGD Team Interview by HongSheng Zhang of Valve at The International 2015 (trans. )
- 2015-05-23 | LGD i-League S3 winners’ interview excerpts by i-League at i-League Season 3 (trans. by Dotaland.net)
- 2015-05-15 | LGD Gaming's xioa8 at The Summit 3 (Day 3) - theScore eSports by Matt Demers of theScore eSports at The Summit 3 (trans. by AutumnWindz)
- 2015-05-15 | Xiao8 Interview by Hotbid (The Summit 3 by Gigabyte) by Hot_Bid of Beyond the Summit at The Summit 3 (trans. by AutumnWindz)
- 2015-02-01 | Big God xiao8 Interview @ DAC 2015 Group Stage by Sheever of GosuGamers.net at Dota 2 Asia Championships (trans. by Helen "XiiTuzi" Xu)
- 2014-08-08 | xiao8 post-TI4 short interview by Chinese Electronic Athletics Magazine (trans. by Dotaland.net)
- 2014-07-18 | "I feel like our style tends to counter EG's." Newbee's Xiao8 by Cyborgmatt at The International 2014 (trans. by AutumnWindz)
- 2014-07-15 | TI4 Interview: Xiao8 and Hot_Bid by Hot_Bid at The International 2014 (trans. by Helen "XiiTuzi" Xu)
- 2013-03-26 | LGD.xiao8 G-1 Interview: LongDD to sub in, group A tough by AutumnWindz of 2p.com at G-1 Champions League Season 5 (trans. )
- 2012-09-29 | Xiao8: 'I will play at least until TI3' by SGamer (trans. by GosuGamers)
- 2012-09-02 | LGD.xiao8 @ The International 2 by Flamewheel of TL.net at The International 2012 (trans. )
- 2012-06-13 | LGD.xiao8: 'Every invited team has a chance (to win The International 2)' by Mali of It's Gosu
- my decision is at least for the time being to stop being a pro player.
- [http://www.itsgosu.com/game/dota2/articles/lgd-xiao8-every-invited-team-has-a-chance-to-win-the-international-2_542 LGD.xiao8: 'Every invited team has a chance to win']